GASP: Wisconsin Hero Aaron Rodgers Is Giving Up Cheese
Turns out that the ole' 80/20 rule doesn't work for professional athletes in their 30's. I guess they're more like us than we ever knew!
As one of the most versatile athletes playing quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers has been able to succeed purely on his talent up until this point. But you know how it goes. As you get older, staying fit and in fighting shape starts to get a lot harder than it used to be. Your body turns against you right around 30, and you have to start doing things to your diet that you'd never dreamed you'd have to do.
For many people, that includes saying goodbye to a beautiful relationship with cheese. That's the sad reality that Rodgers is facing now; which would be rough even if he weren't living in a place where cheese is a main food group. Not eating cheese and living in Wisconsin is like not eating pizza and living in Manhattan. Everyone around you will judge you with harsh disgust, even if they don't mean to.
The good people of Wisconsin will probably be even more dismayed when they realize who it is that inspired Rodgers to clean up his diet. According to ESPN, Rodgers credits noted psycho-dieter Tom Brady with inspiring his new dairy-free approach.
“To be honest, Tom Brady is an influencer there because of the stuff he talks about, and how healthy he is,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers went on to explain that he and the Patriots QB have become friends in recent years and that Brady's passion for nutrition and health is something that has started to rub off on him.
"I just wanted to get healthier," said Rodgers,. "I've done a lot of research and talked with Adam Korzun, our [team] nutritionist, and some other friends around the league about how I can extend my career and how I can be and feel healthier."
In the long run, Cheeseheads should be incredibly relieved to know that Rodgers is doing everything he can do extend his career. Longevity in the NFL for quarterbacks is easier than ever to attain with the way the rules are set up to protect them, but staying in impeccable shape is the very best thing that any athlete can do for themselves as they age.
The Packers haven't won a Super Bowl since 2010, but if Rodgers were to get in the best shape of his life, that all could change. Brady went 10 years between Super Bowls, and it's hard to argue that his insane-ass diet hasn't helped him stay on top of his game.
The cheddar will always be there, but the chance to win championships won't. I just feel bad for the first Packer fan who stumbles across Rodgers reading Brady's "nutritional manual." What a heartbreak.
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